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The North American Saddle Mule Youth Association was established by the Board of Directors in 1996 to provide an organization for youth in the Saddle Mule industry to have the opportunity to earn recognition for their efforts on behalf of the Saddle Mule, to provide financial assistance for the pursuit of higher education and to provide an atmosphere in which youth can learn positive values through trail riding, family activities and competition.

A youth is defined as anyone eighteen years and younger as of January 1st of the current year. Ownership of a mule or donkey is not required to enjoy membership privileges. Membership in NASMA Youth memberships are available for $10 per year and all youths are encouraged to participate.

This nationally respected and highly diversified NASMA Youth Program continues to enjoy strong industry support while developing "today's youth" into the mule and donkey owners/producers of the future. A variety of educational events are offered to members throughout the year. In addition to competing in mule shows, open horse & 4-H shows, competitive trail rides, coon mule jumps, and mule races, NASMA youth members and their mules also participate in organized NASMA trail rides, training clinics, cookouts, and pizza parties.

Sample Youth CardEach year, two $500 Scholarships are awarded to NASMA seniors in high school who have met certain criteria and will be continuing their education.

NASMA believes that NASMA Youth are the future of the Association and will continue our efforts to promote, protect, and enjoy the Saddle Mule in the future.




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Becca began her show career at the age of two at the Oklahoma State Fair where she showed her donkey, Oklahoma Tango in the halter division earning a blue ribbon. This was the first of many trips to the show ring throughout her life to this point. She has traveled all over the United States showing donkeys and mules and this has become a great passion in her life earning many Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion titles. She has also learned that sometimes she comes out of the show ring without a ribbon and to use this to work harder for the next show.

While participating in the 45th annual Bishop Mule Days event in Bishop California Becca received the title of World Champion Model Saddle Mule with Rising Moon’s Patchasaurass (Patch). Together she and Patch have become a great team with many accomplishments but the World Title in Bishop California is her most coveted award with him.

Becca began the training of her donkey Oklahoma’s Painted Lady (Dixie) when she was fifteen years old. With hard work and determination along with a great animal they accomplished a goal that Becca had set for herself several years ago. This year at the 47th annual Bishop Mule Days event in the Dozer Beaver Cowboy Tough Western Pleasure Class she and Dixie had a wonderful go earning the first place title. Winning this large class at the age of eighteen years old against many seasoned and professional riders was a win that will forever remain one of her greatest accomplishments.

Every afternoon when school is out you will find her on her donkey or her mule practicing in preparation to go to the next event. She has helped expand the family business “Garrett Mammoth Jackstock” in showcasing the abilities of mammoth donkeys. She also has a great passion for helping children who want to learn to ride and compete.

Becca joined the FFA chapter at her high school when she was a freshman. She has competed on many teams through FFA as well as doing a Proficiency on specialty animals (donkeys and mules). She placed 3rd in the state her sophomore and junior year in Specialty animal production entrepreneurship/placement. She built on this agriculture proficiency and placed first in the State of Oklahoma her senior year and will compete at the national level this fall at the National FFA convention. She also received the Star Greenhand award at the FFA banquet as a sophomore and has held a FFA office for two years.

Becca was honored to receive the Masonic Lodge Student of today award as a senior at Stilwell High School along with several other awards. She graduated with honors ranking 5th in her class with a 4.29 grade point average.

Becca plans to attend NEO A & M College in Miami, Oklahoma this fall where she will compete on the Equistrian Team while seeking a degree to become a registered nurse. She plans to further her career and become a nurse anesthetist.

Many special people have helped Becca along the way and she is so very thankful for each of them. She realizes she would not have had the success she has achieved without their help. When she steps in the saddle in the show ring she will have a leather cross on her saddle horn that says “Cowboy Tough” representing the greatest cowboy she has ever known and her inspiration. Most of all she is thankful for the talent and abilities that God has blessed her with and to him she gives all of the glory.

Meanwhile back at the ranch she is living life knowing her Dozer is cheering her on in every competition she enters




Versatility Contests

   The 2016 NASMA Youth Versatility contest is open to all NASMA youth attending the National Mule & Donkey Celebration in Shelbyville, TN.  There are two divisions offered this year:  10 and under and the youth division (ages 11-18).  The versatility contest will include class placings, an exam, and a presentation on the chosen topic in the packet.  

Contact Jayne Zajicek by email at to sign up for the versatility contest.  Jayne will begin mailing out the information packet to those who sign up sometime around the end of April.  Your email of intent should include your name, birthdate, age, address, and project animal name.  Five Star saddle pads will be awarded to the champion and reserve in each division. 

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NASMA Youth Director – Lee Ann McCuiston, Trenton, KY 
NASMA Youth Committee members:  Heather Bauer and Cori Daniels

 Four  NASMA Youth Directors for the 2015-2016 year: 
Maci McCuiston (Kentucky)
Hannah Heath (Texas)
Becca Garrett (Oklahoma) Tessa
Walkinshaw (Iowa).



NASMA Youth: The Great Celebration Mule and Donkey show is just around the corner (July 7-9, 2016) in Shelbyville, TN, and I would like to invite you to participate in the Circle Z Donkeys Youth Versatility Contests during the show.

This year the contest will be divided into two contests. One for the 10 and under youth division, and one for the youth division. Depending on which division you are in, packets will be e-mailed to you for that division. These packets should help you study for your test and identification portions of the contest. Remember, what will be on the test and identification portion will be covered in this packet and questions should be answered parallel with information within the packet.

The 10 and under youth contest individual scores will be made up from four different events including, test score, tool identification score, art score, and performance class scores.

The Youth contest individual scores will be made up from four different events, test score, driving equipment identification score, oral score, and performance class scores.

In order for you to participate in the program, I will need you to e-mail me the following information ( your name, the name of the animal you will be using to compete on for this program, whether it is a mammoth donkey or mule, your age and the division you will be participating in, your address, and your e-mail.

Written Test Scores: Included in the packet of information is a unit on driving an animal for the youth division, and grooming your animal for the 10 and under division. This information should help you study for your test. Remember, information on the test will be covered in this packet and questions should be answered parallel with the information within the packet. Questions on the test will be multiple choice and will include 15 questions each worth one point for a total of 15 points.

Any contestant who would prefer to take the written portion having it read aloud to them can request this through e-mail to me and I will make sure I have it set up for you prior to the contest.

10 and under youth division
Grooming Tools and Products Identification: Included in the packet of information is information including identification of tools used in the grooming process, what they are called, and how they are used. This information should help you study for the Identification portion and test portion of the contest. Tools and products off of this information sheet will be displayed and participants will need to match the tools and products to their proper name and use. This portion of the contest is worth 15 points.

10 and under youth division
Art Coloring Picture: Included in the packet of information is a coloring picture. You will need to color this picture as if you are coloring it for an art contest because that is exactly what we are going to do. The pictures will be displayed in the top portion of the arena where people will vote for their favorite piece of art. The youth having the most votes will get a special award. You can give the picture to me when you get to the show. This portion of the contest is worth 10 points.

Youth division
Driving Equipment Identification: Included in the unit on driving is information on the equipment used for driving including the parts of a harness and how they are used. This information should help you study for the Identification portion and test portion of the contest. Equipment out of this unit will be displayed and participants will need to match the equipment to the proper name and use. This portion of the contest is worth 15 points.

Youth division
Oral Presentation:
The time requirement for Contest competitors is 3-5 minutes. The competitor is allowed one 81/2” by 11” visual handout to be given to the judges. The handout can include text and pictures (color is acceptable). You will need to provide 5 copies of your handout.
Competitor’s speech should be spoken on any grooming product or tool that would help the competitor prepare their animal suitable for the show ring. Competitors need to cover the following topics in their speech:

  • Discuss what the product is.
  • Explain the importance of the product and why a competitor should use the product.
  • Describe how to use the product properly.
  • Why do you like the product?

    The oral presentation is worth 10 points.

10 and under and Youth divisions
Performance Class Scores: Performance class placing’s that will count toward the Circle Z Donkeys Youth Versatility Contest score are: Showmanship, Hunter under Saddle, Donkey/Mulemanship, and Trail. The individual’s placing in each class will be used for points toward their score. Regardless of the number of participants in each class, 1st place will receive 6 points, 2nd place will receive 5 points, 3rd place will receive 4 points 4th place will receive 3 points, 5th place will receive 2 points and 6th place will receive 1 point. The top 3 individual class placings will be used for the points toward their total score. This portion of the contest is worth 18 points.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me Jayne Zajicek, Circle Z Youth Versatility Coordinator, at at any time, or get in touch with me at the NASMA National Show in Shelbyville.

Good Luck and Have Fun!

Thank you to:

Jayne Zajicek and Jay Jaxtheimer
Sponsor of Champion Award - Youth
Circle Z Donkeys

Dana Heath
Sponsor of Reserve Champion Award
Patriot Farms

Terry and Glynda Bates
Sponsor of Champion Award – Youth
10 and under
Rock Point Farm

Bodie and Kerri Myer
Sponsor of Reserve Champion Award - Youth 10 and under
Myer’s Meadows




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